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Carl Zeiss Cinemizer Plus video eyewear for iPhone

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Carl Zeiss Cinemizer Plus Video Eyewear

The latest accessory to grace the iPhone is the video eyewear Cinemizer Plus from Carl Zeiss. Though it was designed for iPod, Cinemizer Plus accessory has been approved to work with the iPhone. So this accessory gets the “Works with iPhone” approval along with the “Made for iPod” approval from Apple.

“The huge success of the iPhone meant that we were keen to include compatibility with the Cinemizer Plus”, says Andreas Klavehn, Senior Manager for the Carl Zeiss Multimedia Devices at Carl Zeiss. “Soon iPhone users will be able to watch TV, movies, even 3D-video, while on the move.”

The Cinemizer Plus is equipped with clip that fits the iPhone (either version) as well as other video capable iPods. Play your favorite videos and get an amazing cinema experience while on the go.

It comes with an in-built battery, thus allowing the iPhone to display content up to four hours.

It enables you to view crystal clear images as the LCD screens come with individual diopter focus adjustment (-3.5 to +3.5D). The image appears on a virtual 45-inch (diagonal) screen as though it’s viewed from about six feet (2 meters) as it is optically tuned.

The Cinemizer Plus will hit the stores in USA, UK and Germany from May with a price tag worth $449 in the US while it is priced around £399 in the UK.

 

Windows Vista: the least popular OS in history

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Window Vista Logo

Window Vista Logo

Once upon a time, Microsoft crowed that Windows Vista would be twice as popular as XP. Research firm Ovum, Ltd., predicted a more modest 15 percent switchover in the first year, but gushed that Vista would be “the fastest-moving operating system ever.” IDC forecast 10 percent, relatively anemic compared to XP’s 14 percent in the first year, but a decent showing. And now? More than two years after its launch Vista has managed a penetration of just 9 percent, according to a Forrester Research report released last week, giving it the dubious distinction of being the least popular new Windows OS out of the gate, ever. But things are looking up for Vista. This year finally will be the big one, says Forrester. Really. Thirty-one percent of the 962 North American and European IT decision makers interviewed for the report have already begun migrating to Vista; another 26 percent plan to start in 2009 or later.

On the other hand, “IT decision makers don’t have an entirely rosy outlook for Windows Vista,” wrote analyst Benjamin Gray. Some 28 percent of respondents have not yet decided about whether or not to migrate, and 15 percent plan on skipping Vista altogether and going straight to Windows 7 when a final version is released in 2010. Here’s how enterprises currently break out, according to the report: 71 percent still use Windows XP, 10 percent use Windows 2000, 9 percent use Vista, Apple’s Mac OS X and “other” each garner 3 percent, and 2 percent use Linux.

Source: PC World

Trojan/Malware For Mac Users

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macvirus-300x248 Trojan/Malware For Mac Users

I don’t like Mac in anyway. Its a wannabe Linux in my opinion. I had to use one for a few months and I just never liked it. I would use it over Vista but that is besides the point.

Trend Micro have issued out a warning about OSX.Lamzev.A. The malware is added to an unsigned third-party application that is installed manually on a Mac, and, when the application is run, the backdoor is activated. Should the user not install the app, the Mac and its owner will be safe.

Trend Micro “Intego discovered this hacker tool in August 2008, and determined that it was not a serious threat. Unlike true malware (See macs aren’t even worthy of TRUE malware) and Trojan horses, OSX.TrojanKit.Malez requires that a hacker already have access to a Mac in order to install the code. As of the present, no Trojan horses or other means of replication have been found in the wild using this tool.”

According to Trend Micro’s notes, It creates the the file /tmp/com.apple.DockSettings and is copied to ~/Library/LaunchAgents. Although its a minimal risk they still posted a page on removing the application here. Basically, run a virus scan. Smile

Apple plugs up iPhone

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iphonedanger-220x300 Apple Plugs Your Hole..Iphone Hole

Apple released an update for the iPhone on Thursday, fixing a dozen security flaws in the device’s software. These fixed problems with the browser, the code for handling images and graphics, and its utility for viewing Office files. The patch automatically updates you tofirmware 2.2.

The main problem was 4 major critical vulnerabilities. All of which would allow the exploiter to have full control to do what they saw fit.

Securityfocus “Those most severe issues include a memory handling issue in Safari and two image processing issues that could allow a Web site to run an untrusted program on the iPhone. The fourth critical vulnerability occurs in the way the OfficeViewer handles Microsoft Excel files, the company stated in its advisory.The company closed security holes in the iPhone in September, upgrading the software to version 2.1. In July, Apple upgraded its iPhone and iPod Touch firmware to version 2.0, fixing at least thirteen security holes. Three of the issues patched in the current update affect the iPhone’s screen lock feature that forces the user to enter a password before using the phone. The company found that, after the device is updated, the password locking feature may not be turned on. The update also limits calls using the “emergency” feature, which bypasses the iPhone’s passcode, to only go to a limited set of numbers and prevents SMS messages from displaying their content during emergency calls.”

Samsung Instinct Gives iPhone a Run for Its Money

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Samsung Instinct vs Apple iPhone

To call the Samsung Instinct an iPhone knockoff would be an understatement of grotesque proportions. Seriously: Even the packaging looks like it came straight outta Cupertino.

With its buttonless face and black monolithic look, the all-touchscreen Instinct is immediately familiar: It’s virtually the same weight and size as the iPhone, only about two-tenths of an inch narrower. Most of the expected specs for any 2008 handset are here: 3G, GPS, 2-megapixel camera (with video recording), and full e-mail and web browsing features. But the Instinct doesn’t stop there; it tries to stake a claim on new ground by adding features its arch rival (even the upcoming version) skips: Haptic feedback buzzes below your fingertip when you work the touchscreen, and voice control lets you do certain tasks sans typing.

Of course, the real reason for the iPhone’s success is its operating system, and here the Instinct is still playing catchup. While everything is intuitive and pretty zippy, it’s still not quite as polished as Apple’s version. The web browser shows some terribly rough patches, a crude zoom button stands in for the iPhone’s sophisticated “pinch” system. As well, the narrower body trims nearly a half inch off the iPhone’s screen size, which really cramps page size. Even typing on the Instinct can be rocky, as there’s no pop-up indicator to show you what button you’re actually hitting. I made so many mistakes in notes and web URLs that typing slowed to a painful crawl even by iPhone’s slow standards. It got so bad I ended up using a fingernail to type instead of my fingertip.

Call quality is fair, not great, but music playback is considerably higher fidelity. Battery life is under five hours of talk time. That’s not great for a smartphone, but we’ll have to wait and see how it compares to the iPhone 3G in real-world testing.

The Instinct won’t woo the Apple faithful from upgrading to the iPhone 3G, but it’s definitely good enough to rank as a solid second-tier player in the smartphone space. If nothing else, if you have the misfortune to be locked into a long Sprint cellular plan from which you can’t escape, pick up one immediately. —Christopher Null

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